“I think I want to cry.”
It’s as good as any reaction to the situation in front of us. I’ve spent the last 24 hours in a combination of packing, clearing and lifting. The day has already included a 15 minute riff on the episode in Friends where Ross attempts to “pivot” his sofa up the staircase of his apartment block, only played out with a bookcase that was too large for the lift. Now 70% of the tangible assets of WBN are piled up in the car park of our new office, arranged between a fire escape and a £50,000 car. I am not sure which I am most terrified of: that I shall hit the car with a piece of the MDF I have insisted on us keeping despite the fact that it wasn’t ours in the first place and has no discernible current use, or that we are going to have to carry all of the stuff in front of us up the fire escape.
“Let’s get the worst bit done first.” Charlie suggests.
By ‘worst bit’ I immediately know he means the second bookcase. I say nothing, something which is my life tactic for trying to avoid doing stuff I don’t want to do but know I eventually will have to.
“It’ll be easier once we’ve done that.”
Logically Charlie is correct, the second bookcase is the last piece of furniture which needs carrying up multiple flights of stairs. Once we’re past that we’re back to the MDF, tea and coffee making implements and assorted hats which come with the territory of being a theatre company.
Illogically though, I just don’t want to do it.
However, I think I signed away my right to use that excuse for WBN things at the same time that I entered into the contract, otherwise known as forming a limited company, to do what is right for WBN and not what is right for me.
“Okay. But – I’m not going backwards up the stairs.” This, it would appear, is as much dignity that I can scrape from the situation.
We’re mid-way up the fire escape before I’ve had time to re-think.
“I’ve just realised -” Charlie says “If I lost my footing now you’d probably fall all the way down the fire escape.”
“WE ARE NEVER MOVING OFFICE AGAIN.”
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